Some allege big loud cars question a gentleman’s manhood, but in the White House, it’s the size of a wall, according to one Congressman.
During a Sunday interview with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) detailed what his Budget Committee is considering while it searches for a deal that could end the president’s government shutdown.
What we would demand in return is a sensible policy,” the now-Ranking Member said. “You know, Alex, we gave the administration 1.3 billion, I think, in the last budget year for border security. They haven’t spent that.”
He noted that this budget argument doesn’t actually have anything to do with border security or keeping the country safe. It’s about the president himself.
“But when it came to the reality of the president’s claim for securing the border, this really isn’t about a fence or a barrier or a wall, this is manhood measurement for Donald Trump, that’s what it is,” Yarmouth said. “He’s also proven himself impossible to negotiate with. This is the guy who wrote The Art of The Deal but you can’t tell him one thing and have him change his mind in another.”
Indeed, the Senate was told by Vice President Mike Pence that the deal would be signed by the president, but at the last minute, he pulled out of the deal. Many officials had already flown home for the holidays, believing the vice president knew what he was talking about, only to be forced to return and search for another budget deal.
Trump’s 2016 campaign promise was that Mexico would pay for the wall.
“It’s so easy,” Trump said during one speech. “Just rely on me.”
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Trump official who doesn’t want poor people to have publicly-funded healthcare wants public to pay for stolen Ivanka jewelry
President Donald Trump's official in charge of Medicare and Medicaid, Seema Verma, came under fire after Politico reported Saturday that she submitted a $47,000 claim for reimbursement on the taxpayers' dime for stolen, uninsured items items.
The bulk of the claim—for which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ultimately reimbursed her $2,852.40—was for roughly $43,000 worth of jewelry. Among the roughly two dozen pieces was an Ivanka Trump brand pendant whose estimated value was $5,900, according to documents obtained by Politico. A $325 claim for moisturizer was also among the items included.
Injuries feared as popular New Zealand volcano erupts
New Zealand's White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, prompting fears for a group of visitors seen walking on the crater floor moments before.
The country's National Emergency Management Agency said a "moderate volcanic eruption is occurring at White Island and is hazardous in the immediate vicinity of the volcano."
Cameras providing a live feed from the volcano showed more than half a dozen people walking inside the rim at 2:10 pm local time (0110 GMT), before images went dark when the eruption occurred minutes later.
The local mayor said she feared there had been "injuries" in the eruption.
Why Colbert got serious — and why Donald Trump isn’t funny
In her new book, “Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States,” Dannagal Goldthwaite Young advances the argument that the ironic satire of "The Daily Show" and the outrage programming of Fox News — which debuted within months of each other — play remarkably similar roles for their respective audiences, speaking to their distinctively liberal and conservative psychological orientations to motivate not just voter loyalty, but political engagement.